Footnote to “Naming and Contingency”

[1] But as soon as he created the predicate “bachelor” (along with its usual meaning) he was up to his neck in analytic necessities. God made names for the convenience of Adam and Eve (they were somewhat lacking in the omniscience department—don’t ask me why), but he had no intention of endowing them with semantic entailments. Put differently, names don’t come with the innate language faculty, unlike descriptions and demonstratives; they are an acquired appendage, pragmatically motivated.

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